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08:47 pm: Yule Eve at Gryphon Park

 

Yule Eve brought their yearly journey into the forest behind Gryphon Park Manor to find next year’s Yule Log. This was followed by smearing butter on the outer lintels for the returning sun to melt—so the sun would have the sustenance it needed to burn more brightly again—and the moonlit Yule Buck procession, as Rachel and the other children from Gryphon-on-Dart paraded from house to house carrying the last wheat stalk of the harvest. They sang songs that honored the returning sun and the god Thor; while the houses they visited rewarded them with candied fruit and mulled cider.

 Upon coming home, the duke and duchess threw three burning coals into a barrel of water, and nobles and servants alike washed hands and feet there. Then, they all donned new garments, never before worn—ensuring that neither troll or trow would trouble them during the year to follow. And, of course, they played snapdragon and, as always, Rachel singed her fingers trying to steal raisins from the blue flames of the burning brandy. She recalled Gaius scoffing that no one ever burnt their fingers at snapdragon and smiled sadly.

Then deep into the night came Candle Dark, when every light in the mansion must be extinguished. This period of darkness was one of Rachel’s favorite times all year. After the hour of Candle Dark, the winter lamps were lit and placed in windows, where they would keep burning until the spring equinox. Candle Dark was the one hour all year when the Vestal Virgins extinguished their fires.

Read continue reading in The Awful Truth About Forgetting

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From:marycatelli
Date:December 25th, 2017 03:56 am (UTC)
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Merry Christmas!
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From:jjbrannon
Date:December 28th, 2017 09:35 pm (UTC)

Huginn's Jol

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From a raven-named fan --

Who ordered TATAF on 5 December to arrive by the Solstice with an Amazon original expected delivery date of 16 Dec, only to be confounded by an emailed delay-notice and an updated ETA of 21 Dec itself.

Since the new tracking showed a late afternoon ship-date of 18 Dec, that seemed unlikely.

Lo! What was on my Newark snowy stoop the morning of the 21st?

My new Lamplighter!

When flipping through the volume for the cover credit it I noted that it had been printed 17 Dec 2017 in Middletown, Delaware.

(Of course, Amazon ludicrously shipped it to Swedesboro, New Jersey first, 25 miles past my house and back again, but against stupidity the Gods Themselves contend in vain.)

I think I wrote all this in a LJ message to you at the time but since you didn't respond, I don't think you review those anymore.

Any 'hoots, thank you most appreciatively for writing this in time for me to celebrate Yule.


JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:January 25th, 2018 09:13 am (UTC)

Re: Huginn's Jol

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Hey!

Sorry! I thought I was getting my messages, but I was not. Will try to fix that.

Hope you enjoy the book!
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